Wesfort village

Creating an African Community in a heritage environment

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Abstract

When Sietze Wopkes Wierda designed the Wesfort Leprosy Asylum he was building on his own and the collective Dutch building experience regarding Closed institutions. The influence of the Reformed Church Mental hospitals of the Christian Organization for the Care of Nervous and Mental Patients and their system of building village like closed institutions seems profound. There are also many similarities between Wesfort and Leper asylums built in the Dutch colony of Surinam.